HISTORY IS COOL: 87 years ago

Aug. 4, 1933

Human fly at Wanda

“Daredevil” Roland attracted a large group Monday evening as he scaled the brick wall of the Wanda apartment building. Several faked slips by the human fly provoked many “Ohs” and “Ahs” from the crowd who watched his climb with necks craned heavenward. He also marched blindfolded about the ledge of the roof of the Palace Theatre, his wife on his shoulders. Roland has been climbing for 19 years.

Meeting ‘Lefty Grove’

The town of Malone learned Monday evening just why Jack Shea, Olympic speedskating champion from Lake Placid, has been so successful in skating competition when he skidded his way into the Kiwanian-Rotary joint banquet in honor of Connie Mack’s Athletics, who earlier in the day won an overwhelming victory over the Malone nine in an exhibition game.

Jack’s determination to meet “Lefty Moses Grove” culminated successfully as he brushed several guards at the entrance. Someone announced that Jack Shea was present. He was immediately escorted to the “honor table” where sat the venerable Mack.

Breathless and looking every inch like a college freshman who was going through an initiation, he said, “I made a long trip from Placid to see the A’s play today, but arrived too late. I was determined to meet ‘Lefty Grove’ and I would like to have seen someone stop me.”

The gesture met with hearty approval and the Dartmouth ice star was introduced, first to McGillicuddy, then to the A’s star slabster. Before long, he made the rounds of every player … then left for home.

Craig Wood returns

Craig Wood, of Deal, New Jersey, has accepted the invitation issued by the North Elba Park Commission to play an exhibition match here Wednesday to mark the opening of the new nine holes of the Lake Placid Golf and Country Club to the public.

Wood, who was a runner up in the British open last month and has placed well up in all of the western and southern tournaments last winter, will play in an exhibition foursome with his brother, Scott Wood of this village, as a partner. They will oppose R. A. “Hike” Tyrell, pro at the Meadowbrook course in Saranac Lake and his brother, L. J. Tyrell, Lake Placid Golf Club professional.

Craig Wood is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wood of this village. Receiving his early training by carrying clubs and watching the mistakes of others, he has been climbing steadily in his profession, nearly reaching the top when he was defeated at St. Andrews, Scotland, by Dansmore Shute.

Construction of the second nine holes was started in the spring of 1932 shortly after the property was leased from the Lake Placid Holding Company by the North Elba Park Commission. Since that time, the clubhouse has been remodeled and general improvements made to the grounds and equipment. The new course was designed by John R. VanKleek, architect, who also laid out the new 18-hole course at Whiteface Inn.

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